12 large prawns, peeled and deveined

2 tbsp cajun seasoning

2 tbsp olive oil

400g/14oz leftover turkey, pulled into chunks

200g/7oz chopped smoked bacon

2 red peppers, roughly diced

2 celery sticks, diced

1 tbsp garlic infused oil

2 bay leaves

4 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or 200g/7oz chopped tomatoes

400g/14oz long grain rice, well-rinsed of starch (not easy or quick cook)

1 litre/1¾ pint turkey stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

lemon wedges

2 tbsp finely chopped parsley

1 tbsp finely chopped celery leaf (optional), found in the centre of a celery heart

Serves - 4


Put the prawns in a bowl and sprinkle over one tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning. Rub it in well so they are completely coated.

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add the turkey. Sprinkle over the remaining Cajun seasoning and fry briefly. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat another tablespoon of the olive oil in a large casserole. Add the bacon and fry until crisp and brown. Remove from the casserole and add the peppers and celery.

Cook over a medium heat until they soften and start to caramelise around the edges, then add the garlic infused oil and cook for another minute.

Add the bay leaf and the tomatoes. Sprinkle over the rice, then pour over the stock.  Return the bacon to the casserole and season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer over a gentle heat for 15 minutes.

Lightly stir in the cooked turkey, then place the prawns on top. Cover again and cook on a low heat for a further five minutes so that the prawns can steam.

If you think the rice is already cooked, turn off the heat and leave to stand – the prawns will still cook in the residual steam.

Serve with lemon wedges and a good sprinkling of parsley and celery leaf if liked.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food
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